photo 2In addition to books, I am occasionally given the opportunity to review products. It’s been a year and a half since I finished my chemo treatments and while my hair has (thankfully) grown in straight and thick, I have been noticing patches of really dry, frizzy hair that often tangle unless constantly brushed. So when I received a request to review the Pro Naturals Argan Oil Hair Treatment System, I jumped at the chance.

What’s in the box: 280ml bottles of Pro Natural Shampoo and Conditioner, 250ml jar of Pro Natural Hair Mask, 50ml bottle of Pro Natural Argan Hair Oil and an authenticity seal

What’s it for: this set is meant to cleanse your hair and scalp, removing built up residue and film that is left behind from various hair products and environmental factors. The company’s claim is that this set will restore your hair “back to its normal lustrous condition as it repairs and protects the cuticle layer”.

How it should be used: the Pro Naturals Hair Repair System is not meant for regular use. The directions for use indicate that it should be used for 1 week out of every 6 to get your hair back to normal state.

Why it’s different: unlike many other hair cleansing products, Pro Naturals’ claim is that its products do not contain harmful silicone and sulfates and are safe for color treated hair. I do color my hair regularly so I always look for hair products that will not strip the color away or make it fade.

Ingredients: I could not find the ingredients listed on Pro Naturals’ website or anywhere on the product packaging; I had to e-mail the promoter and received .jpeg files showing ingredient lists for the shampoo, the conditioner, and the mask.

Front and center on the page for Pro Naturals Hair Repair System is the statement that their products are “all natural and free of harmful silicone and sulfates”. After looking through the ingredient lists, I noticed that the second ingredient (and second largest by volume) in the shampoo is sodium laureth sulfate (see ingredient list below) – the very ingredient the company claims not to include in the products. In fact, there is very little if anything natural on this ingredient list.

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Similarly, there are no natural ingredients listed for the conditioner. The conditioner actually contains both methylparaben and propylparaben, which I’ve tried to avoid ever since my cancer diagnosis. According to safecosmetics.org, “parabens are used to prevent the growth of microbes in cosmetics products and can be absorbed through skin, blood and the digestive system. Parabens have been found in biopsies from breast tumors at concentrations similar to those found in consumer products.”

My thoughts: I am very disappointed that the company’s claims do not match up with the products they are actually selling. I feel that the exclusion of ingredient lists from their packaging and website is intentional, and would have never used the products in the first place if I saw the ingredients up front. This is a lesson I learn time and time again–just because a product is described as “natural” does not mean that there is actually anything natural in it. Consumers pay a premium for “all natural” products and given its ingredients, the Pro Naturals set is definitely not worth the $160 price tag–you will likely get the same results from Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.

That said, those that don’t mind the lack of natural ingredients may enjoy the products–if they can stomach the price tag. I used just the shampoo, conditioner and hair oil the first time. Even without the mask, the results were noticeable. My hair was shiny and smooth, and for the first time I didn’t need to use a flat iron. My hair is naturally straight but as I mentioned above, it has been kinking and frizzing since chemo.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆